Princess Eugenie turns 30: Here's some of her best throwback photos

Rebecca Taylor
Royal Correspondent
Princess Eugenie on her wedding day in 2018. (Getty Images)

Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter is celebrating her 30th birthday.

The royal will have had to postpone any big celebration plans as the nation faces increased social distancing measures amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Royal Family shared a picture of Eugenie at Maundy Service with the Queen last year, as they wished her a happy birthday.

And her mother Sarah Ferguson shared a picture of her taken on her wedding day, “just for her mum”, saying “and my little girl is 30 today and Happy Birthday my little magic dust”

Eugenie Victoria Helena, who is the second daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, was born at Portland Hospital in London on 23 March, 1990.

Andrew and Sarah didn’t announce the name of their newborn for a week, keeping the nation guessing.

She was the first royal to have a public christening, and was sixth in line to the throne at the time, but now sits at 10th, with the arrival of her cousin Prince William’s three children, as well as Prince Harry’s son Archie.

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Princess Eugenie, skiing in Klosters in 1994. (Press Association)
The Duchess of York with baby Princess Eugenie after her christening at Sandringham Church in 1990. (Press Association)

Eugenie was baptised during morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham in the same year she was born.

Two years after she arrived, her parents announced their separation, eventually divorcing in 1996. But they have remained close, having joint custody of Eugenie and her older sister Beatrice.

Eugenie underwent a successful operation to straighten her spine when she was 12 years old, having been born with scoliosis.

She is now patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and her wedding dress was specifically designed with a low back to show her surgery scar.

Eugenie explained: “I believe scars tell a story about your past and your future and it’s a way of getting rid of a taboo.”

The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York outside the Portland Hospital in London with a newborn Princess Eugenie in March 1990. (Press Association)
Princesses Eugenie (left) and Beatrice waiting for their car on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in 2000. (Press Association)
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie as bridesmaids at Alison Wardley's wedding. (Getty Images)

She was widely praised for the decision to show her scar on her wedding day. She married Jack Brooksbank, a tequila brand ambassador, in 2018, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Jack and Eugenie followed in her cousin Harry’s footsteps with a carriage ride through the city afterwards, though theirs was a shorter route than the Prince and Meghan Markle’s.

Eugenie’s teen years were mostly spent out of the limelight. She went to Coworth Park School and was said to be considerate, caring and cheeky.

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Princess Eugenie wearing a baseball cap and jacket at Royal Windsor Horse Show (Getty Images)
Eugenie makes regular balcony appearances, like at this Trooping the Colour. (Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of York, with their children Princess's Beatrice (right) and Eugenie at the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. (Getty Images)

She was apparently reprimanded by her boarding school, when aged 18, she was part of a group caught running around naked.

It was reported that a senior staff member was woken by playful shrieks and found about a dozen young women dancing around without any clothes in the college grounds.

After school, she went to Newcastle University and achieved a 2:1 in a combined degree of English, history of art and politics. She lived in £96-a-week halls in her first year before living in a student house.

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Eugenie with Beatrice and her parents on the London eye for the Duke's 40th birthday in 2000. (Getty Images)
Meeting the Spice Girls with her mum and sister in 1999. (Getty Images)

Eugenie is not a full time working royal. She works as a director at the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth in London.

Art is a passion for her, and she says Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s New York art scene, is one of her heroes.

She delights fans with her posts on Instagram, which are a mixture of her campaign work and throwbacks.

She shared a post on Mother’s Day celebrating her own mother and sending her thoughts to those who were not able to be with their parents amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Princess Eugenie with friends at Royal Windsor Horse Show. (Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, on a Skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, in 1995. (Getty Images)

Eugenie’s wedding was a star-studded affair, with the guest list including singer Ellie Goulding, actor Liv Tyler, and models Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne.

Eugenie is still close with her sister Beatrice and her parents. She took her sister’s engagement photos which were released after Beatrice announced she would marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Of her parents, Mumsy and Papa, she has said: “They are the best divorced couple I know. They just always went out of their way to make us feel loved and secure.”

She calls her sister Bea or Beabea, and has previously said of her: “Like all sisters we have silly arguments about unimportant stuff, but we do love each other to death.”

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Eugenie on her first day at school in Upton House. (Getty Images)
On her first day at school in St George's Windsor. (Getty Images)

The princess posed for fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar in 2018, and shared the secrets of a day in her life, revealing that she shops at Waitrose, does her make-up in the car, finds heels tricky to walk in and likes to watch zombie drama The Walking Dead.

She listed chips, Diet Coke and cashew nuts as her indulgences, and vodka with soda and lime as her favourite tipple.

Her romance with Stowe-educated Mr Brooksbank, a brand manager for George Clooney’s tequila firm, began after they fell in love at first sight on a ski trip.

Eugenie is also patron of several charities including the Elephant Family, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Coronet Theatre and the European School of Osteopathy.

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Beatrice and Eugenie at British Summer Time in 2019. (Getty Images)
Eugenie and her sister are still close friends. (Getty Images)

The Yorks have had a difficult year, with Prince Andrew stepping back from his royal duties after a disastrous interview on BBC Newsnight about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

And Eugenie’s older sister Beatrice is also having to rethink her wedding plans, having cancelled her reception because of the coronavirus advice from the government around large gatherings.

As the Church of England has now also advised just five people should be at the ceremony, her whole day may be in disarray.